To the delight of Croydon Council’s leadership the Tory Secretary for State for Local Communities and Government has confirmed the CPO for the Whitgift Centre redevelopment.
Detailed coverage of the decision can be seen at:
Only one Modification to Scheme
The Inspector made no recommendations for modifications over and above one requested during the Inquiry by the Council.
Inspector’s Final Conclusion
‘7.62 The Scheme fits in with the adopted planning framework for the area and it will contribute significantly to the achievement of the promotion or improvement of the economic, social, and environmental well-being of the area. There is a reasonable prospect that the Scheme will be brought forward and the purpose for which the AA is proposing to acquire the land could not, realistically, be achieved by any other means. There are no other impediments that might frustrate delivery of the Scheme.
7.63 Taking all those points together, the AA has made a compelling case in the public interest for confirmation of the CPO. The purposes for which the AA seeks to make the Order sufficiently justify interfering with the human rights of those with an interest in the land affected under the provisions of the ECHR, as incorporated by the Human Rights Act 1998.
7.64 The Order should therefore be confirmed, with the minor modification relating to Plot 72 requested by the AA.’
(AA is Acquiring Authority – Croydon Council)
No right for objectors to make representations to Secretary of State
No press notice was issued that the Inspector’s report had been submitted. This meant that no objector could inform the Secretary of State whether the Inspector had misrepresented their views. Having had to apologise for not sending me at the same time as other objectors the Inspector’s report and the Secretary of State’s decision, the Department explains:
‘there is no interim tier of consultation between the Inspectors report being submitted to the Secretary of State, and him issuing his decision. As is the part of the purpose of the Inquiry, your objection and evidence were heard/read, and taken into account, and will have formed part of the Inspectors report. There is, however, a Right of Challenge, and is explained in paragraph 29 of the attached decision letter. With regard to your query about a press notice, there is no legislation to say that a press notice cannot be issued announcing the decision.’
Secretary of State’s Decision Letter
Note: Long-standing optician to move out of Whitgift: http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Whitgift-optician-sights-set-town/story-27773133-detail/story.html